Naidoc Week

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Meet Yun Yi Barragay Guide, Nardja Davies …






What celebrations is Sea Acres Rainforest Centre presenting during NAIDOC week?

This year we are very excited to be presenting a new sporting event for families – the Koori- lympics on Saturday 9 July from 1.30 to 3.30pm in the grounds of historic Roto House, in Macquarie Nature Reserve.

Tell us more about the Koori-lympics. What’s involved, and who will be presenting the games?

Koori-lympics is a range of traditional indigenous games that come from all over Australia, including the Torres Strait Islands. There are games for the whole family, including children from 5 years and up and all skill levels.

The games are based on traditional Aboriginal practices which have been adapted for today. We will be playing only a selection of the over 200 indigenous games from around Australia: Prun, a mock warfare game; Wayna, a girls’ game like French cricket; Gorri, a game based on traditional hunting practices and others.

You don’t need to be good at sport – just come along and have some fun.

The Koori-lympics is part of Sea Acres Yun Yi Barragay program? What does the Yun Yi program offer?

Yun Yi Barragay means Walk With Me in the Gathang language. Our program offers bush tours in subtropical rainforest at Sea Acres National Park, and these end in a cuppa and a sampling of bush foods.

Our new coastal walk tour takes in the Shelly Beach part of the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk. It’s an Aboriginal interpretation of the coastal section of Sea Acres National Park, and the tour highlights the significance of Sea Acres and the sea to the Birpai people and is also lots of fun, with dancing and other hands on activities.

We also offer programs for schools from K-12 covering a range of aspects of Birpai Culture – it’s very hands on and practical, so the kids really get a lot out of it, plus its loads of fun.

What does NAIDOC stand for and what is the national theme for 2011?

‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. The committee was set up to be responsible for organising national activities. I guess the name stuck, and it become the name of the week itself. The theme for 2011 is Change: the next step is ours.

Sea Acres has presented programs for this national event for the past 3 years. Why is it important to embrace Aboriginal arts, community and culture?

National Parks and Aboriginal communities across NSW work together on programs that recognise and promote Aboriginal people’s strong and continuing connection to ‘country’.

Over the last three years, I’ve noticed that participants come away from our tours with an increased appreciation for the beautiful part of the world we live in and its rich culture that is still alive today.

Australia has such a rugged and tough landscape, yet it is also very delicate, with what may only seem like small disturbances having a huge effect on the environment.

It is so important for us to live in harmony with our surroundings, and we can learn a lot from a culture that is able to thrive here for so long.

Bookings are essential. Please call Sea Acres Rainforest Centre on (02) 6582 3355.


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